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The Pharmacist Answers Podcast

Your health is probably one of the most important things to you.  Yet it can be one of the most complicated things to understand.  Our bodies are meant to work a certain way, but when they don't, we may never be 100% sure why or what to do about it - even after seeing a healthcare professional.

The Pharmacist Answers Podcast is hosted by Cynthia Hendrix, PharmD.  On the Podcast, you can learn the basics of body parts and organ groups, get a glimpse of how disease processes work, and learn some practical steps to take in your own flesh and blood relationships with healthcare providers.

Everyone's health story is different.  No one is truly a "textbook case".  You need someone who sees your uniqueness and help you gain the knowledge and confidence to have conversations, ask questions, and make decisions that are right for YOU!

*The Podcast started out as live conversations on Periscope.

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Sep 28, 2015


Digestion - bile breaks down fat to be absorbed by intestines

Metabolism - breaking down food into useful pieces

Your liver helps you store those energy sources until you need them - like times when you’re not eating.

Your body does lots of processes for you while you’re sleeping.


Glucose is a main...

Sep 21, 2015


Liver - have one.

Lobule - yep!

Lobule sketch

Liver makes bile, helps digest fat in the intestines. Gallbladder? Holds bile until your intestines need bile.

3 main energy sources:  Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins

Intestines absorb them into the blood and send them to the liver.

Basics of Metabolism

Metabolism = change


Sep 14, 2015


Liver shaped like a triangle - check!

Lobule, hepatocytes, vessels - check!  Hundreds of thousands - got it! 

Lobule sketch

Bile Basics

Hepatocytes make bile.

It’s colors green due to red blood cell waste (bilirubin).

Bile consists of water, salt, cholesterol, bilirubin.

Bile moves from hepatocytes in liver to the...

Sep 7, 2015

Liver Basics

Your liver is shaped like a lumpy triangle.  

It is part of the digestive system, so having it close to the organs that carry your food means that blood doesn’t have to travel very far to get things to and from this organ.

During a physical exam, your doctor finds its location and size by percussing (aka...